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Excursions, points of interest and attractions close to CARIATI CS, ITALIA Caloveto Cirņ Marina Melissa


22 Km from CARIATI
  Area Cirņ Marina, Cariati, Caccuri
Melissa , a town in the province of Crotone , was born on a rocky ridge , in the hills between the Ionian Sea and the eastern slopes of the Sila Grande. The scenario is typical of a feudal village . Perched on the flanks of a hill , has a charming old town with the remains of an imposing city walls. The scenario that occurs when you go through the historic center , crisscrossed by narrow streets narrow and can only be reached on foot, is one of those charming . The numerous caves scattered around the block , up the track sensitive rural reality that has characterized the country in the past . Mentioned by Ovid in the Metamorphoses , Melissa has ancient origins. The name is clearly derived from the Greek : (lemon balm ) means country of bees and honey. Some attribute it to Cleta , nurse of Queen Penthesilea , others Melissus , king of Crete. These assumptions are related to the news of an Aegean- Mycenaean presence in pre- Hellenic . For others, however , the etymology would be next and just goes back to the Greek colonization on the Ionian coast . There are those who instead it gives the name to the fame of the sorceress Melissa ( contemporary Sibilla Cumana ), which, according to the imagination of its inhabitants lived in these places, hiding in caves and subterranean caves , and from whom he inherited the name. Another allusion would , however, refer to the name of the nymph Melissa : the ancient coat of arms, in fact , contains a carved wood nymph , leaning on a tree trunk , from whose branches hung swarms of bees on honeycombs .


45 Km from CARIATI
Altitude: 937 mt. a.s.l.  Area Caccuri, San Giovanni in Fiore, Sellia Marina
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the Museum of Trepido' , in the municipality of Cotronei , was born thanks to a redevelopment area of environmental and building renovation of an old building owned by the City of Cotronei granted loan to use the Park , which there has invested more than nine hundred thousand euro . The issues addressed in the new museum offer visitors through the use of multimedia and interactive technology , an overview of the countries of the park, its flora and fauna of the protected areas , craft and culinary riches of its water - lakes and rivers - and, finally, the use of renewable energy sources (photovoltaic, solar - thermal , biomass) . The new Museum of the silane and the Defense of the soil, which is based in Longobucco in the beautiful setting of the former Convent of the Franciscan Friars Minor , is another concrete step in the journey of spreading the knowledge of the territory and its population of Sila . The museum is part of the redevelopment of the Park and its promotion as a cultural tourism destination , nature and sports (with particular reference to the segment of interested visitors to protected areas , to enhance the link between cultural and historical heritage , ecological-environmental , food and wine ) sponsored and funded by the Park since 2002 , the year of its establishment . The creation of the Olive and Olive Oil Museum of Farming Zagarise (Cz ) is a step forward in the journey for the dissemination of culture and knowledge linked to the territory of the Sila , particularly the Sila Piccola. A result that you have the commitment of the City of Zagarise and of the Environment - Policy Department of the Environment , but that could not have been achieved without the fundamental contribution of the National Park of Sila. The Olive and Olive Oil Museum of Farming is not a museum traditional : it is an eco-museum . The three essential components of every eco-museum , which together constitute the substance , content and method of work are territory , population and heritage , not as a part, but like everything that the community has given in sufficient time value to be expressed .


21 Km from CARIATI
  Area Melissa, Cariati, Margherita IV
On the promontory of Punta Alice, a town in the countryside of the town of Ciro Marina, were found in 1924 the remains of a large Doric temple dedicated to Apollo Aleo, Thessalian hero Philoctetes, who according to legend, there consecrated his arrows Heracles after the victorious Trojan War. Excavations at Punta Alice, therefore, focus on the Temple of Apollo, around which revolved the entire sacred area, almost certainly of pre-colonial origin. Is just over 20 km from Crotone, the archaeological area of Punta Alice could represent a sacred pre-colonial, incorporated by the Greeks in ancient times and dedicated to Apollo Aleo. The archaeological area of Punta Alice, therefore, is affected by the sanctuary of Apollo Aleo Thessalian hero Philoctetes, here consecrated arrows given to him by Heracles. Originally, the temple of the sixth century B.C. consisted of a cell (naos) strongly elongated, long 27 meters wide and almost 8. The cell was completely open on the east side and divided into two aisles by a colonnade, which remains the foundation stone. The property remained in use until the late fourth century BC when you put the transformation, by the Brett, periptero Doric temple in a larger (46x19), in stone, surrounded by eight columns on the short sides and nineteen on the long ones. The first archaic cell was incorporated in the new building, while the colonnade was doubled on the eastern side. Among the materials found in the archaeological area of Punta Alice emerge, mostly votive offerings of the Archaic period to the Temple of Apollo, the marble parts dell'Acrolito of Apollo, also archaic, head, feet and left hand, exhibited the Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria. The phase Brettia of the sanctuary, late fourth century BC back the fragments of architectural terracotta, Doric capitals, column drums and lintels fragments, these stored instead in the nearby Archaeological Museum of Crotone. The archaeological site is affected by the discovery, in close proximity to the Temple of Apollo, some large buildings also refer to the period Brettiian not fully investigated and that are supposed to refer to dedicated facilities to accommodate the pilgrims, as it was for the nearby and more famous sanctuary of Hera and Persephone, near Crotone.


Loc. CALOVETO - CALABRIA  Navigatore
15 Km from CARIATI
Altitude: 198 mt. a.s.l.  Area Paludi, Cariati, Melissa
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The Sila National Park is a national park, the third in chronological order to have been founded in Calabria after ilParco Pollino national and Aspromonte National Park


33 Km from CARIATI
  Area Petilia Policastro, San Giovanni in Fiore, Melissa
Caccuri is a town of 1,677 inhabitants in the province of Crotone. It is one of the villages that still offers artistic peculiarities and environmental altogether unusual. The urban fabric, in fact, retains the characteristics of the old center consists of a network of streets and alleys that all lead to the castle, an imposing manor house dating from the sixth century AD The country was a fief of Polyxena Ruffo (wife of Francesco Sforza, of which is still visible room in the castle) and families Sangiorgio, De Riso, Spinelli, Cimino, Carafa, Cavalcanti (true artistic patrons of the village), Barracco. It is covered mainly by olive groves which are the main source of agricultural income in the country. Currently the country is divided into four districts: Old Town, Crosses, Party, St. Nicholas. Lately, with social housing and private, is developing particularly the district of San Nicola. Perched on a cliff, the old town is today a tourist center of the eye is not yet completely spoiled by reinforced concrete. The entrances to the village once were three: the Great Gate (now Piazza Umberto I), Small Door (near the shrine of St. Rocco) and Porta Nuova, so called because it is more recent than the first two.  At the center of the village is the mother church, dedicated to St. Maria delle Grazie, a typical example of Baroque Calabria, the church of S. Rocco, patron saint of the town, the convent of the Dominicans with the church of the Reformation. Of great historical interest is the birthplace of Cicco Simonetta, a distinguished secretary of Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan and Chancellor of the Duchess Bona (XV). The territory of Caccuri is rich in mineral water springs. The sulfur-chlorinated water of the stream Hare is used for baths and to drink, that sulphurous Bruciarello is suitable for bathrooms, Calderazzi of saline water is used for potions. There are numerous rock dwellings. Of geological interest is the Grotta del Palummaro, one of the largest and deepest karst cavities in the neighborhood entrance on the river bank Lese, in the territory of Caccuri


41 Km from CARIATI
Altitude: 1423 mt. a.s.l.  Area Petilia Policastro, Caccuri, Celico
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Between the provinces of Crotone and Catanzaro, Sila Piccola and 'one of the three areas in which it divides the National Park of Calabria. Its territory, which forms the southern part of silane, is fascinating and charming. Numerous river valleys among the most 'pristine, that the stream of the river and the Soleus Tacina, characterized by extensive meadows and lush vegetation. She lives in these mountains the wildlife typical of the Apennine wolves, foxes, hares, wild boars, the significant presence of rare hooded crow. The Sila Piccola and 'tourism destination throughout the year: in winter you can' go skiing or skiing in the lovely mountain villages of Palumbo Village and Villaggio Mancuso, at other times of the year, it is not possible to go trekking , take walks, hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking along interesting routes, opportunamenti prepared. For those who love fishing, canoeing and windsurfing, finally, here is the enchanting back of Lake Ampollino, surrounded by lush green forests of Lake conifere.Il Ampollino is, by extension, the third man-made lake in Calabria after the Arvo and Blindness. Created in 1926 by the damming of the river of the same name to power a hydroelectric plant, Ampollino has a total capacity of 67 million cubic meters and a perimeter of about 26 km. At 1271 meters above sea level and with a barrage of almost 40 meters, is a technological marvel of interest. In reality, however, the many tourists who visit the lake are not so much attracted by technical rather than from the scenic beauty surrounding it. Looking around you can see the mountains Scorciavuoi, Gariglione Zingomarro and Monte Nero, in a setting of dense vegetation of pines, beeches, oaks and fir trees: if you can not visit them all do not miss the forest Gariglione, the oldest and best taken care of Calabria.


23 Km from CARIATI
Altitude: 455 mt. a.s.l.  Area Caloveto, Cariati, Corigliano Calabro
A relaxed human settlement of the IV BC almost certainly related to a city Brettia, was investigated on the hill bordered by streams and Coseria Scarmaci, in the archaeological area of Castiglione di Marshes. On the plateau in front of the village, had been excavated 50 burials of the IX BC accompanied by guns, spears, iron and bronze, brooches, decorated plates and other items. The area of Castiglione di Marshes could hide the ancient city enotra Cossa, near which, later, the Brettii built their city. A city of Oenotria, known as Cossa, appears in a fragment of Hecataeus of Miletus in the sixth century BC and later Julius Caesar in De Bello Civili, mentions a city called Cossa in the territory of Thourioi. The name of the creek Coseria, near Castiglione di Marshes, appears to be a further indication for the identification of the ancient city enotria Cossa. If the archaeological area of Castiglione di Marshes retains few traces of the ancient city of Cossa, the city Brettia there remain substantial remains, first and foremost those of the walls, built of blocks of sandstone willing to dry, a few steps inside leading the stands . On the eastern side the fortified town gate, a rectangular court, defended by two circular towers high two floors. Inside, a road linking the main gate to the so-called theater, a semicircular building backs onto a natural slope, which could accommodate about 200 people. More likelihood as it is a place for public meetings of datable to the fourth century BC Still inside the city walls and a cistern were found the remains of some houses, distinguishable in two stages to the construction technique. The discovery outside the door of a deposit of votive terracottas female type, testifies to the existence of a small place of worship, other ones; already active with the city of Cossa. Among the materials found in the excavation of the archaeological area of Castiglione di Marshes, we highlight important for a man's face in some local sandstone and clay models of temples, and the tiles siglete vereia 'that show the activity of a public institution MEP the production scale of bricks.



Calabria is on the tip of the boot, the extreme south of Italy, lapped by the splendid crystal blue Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas and separated from Sicily by the Strait of Messina. The warm climate, the beautiful colours of the sea, rocky coasts alternated to sandy beaches, the wild and mysterious nature, the strong and genuine flavours of local food and the vestiges of its ancient origins make Calabria a unique place to admire both in winter and summer. Any wish can be fulfilled. Those who love nature, its scents and mysteries, can explore the Calabrian hinterland, discovering pure and unpolluted sceneries, where huge green belts alternate with blue lakes and falls. On the other hand, those who prefer basking in the warm rays of the sun and dive into a crystal-clear sea can choose from the many charming towns along the long Tyrrhenian and Ionian coasts. Instead those who prefer to learn about the past of this region, Calabria, the cradle of Magna Graecia and land of ancient settlements, offers a wide choice of churches, monasteries, castles, palaces and places where age-long traditions still survive. The provinces of Calabria are: Catanzaro (regional capital), Reggio Calabria, Cosenza, Crotone and Vibo Valentia.